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Lahaussois, Aimée (2002), Aspects of the grammar of Thulung Rai: an endangered Himalayan language. Ph.D Dissertation. University of California, Berkeley Available online: http://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00004761.
Author Aimée Lahaussois
Year2002
TitleAspects of the grammar of Thulung Rai: an endangered Himalayan language
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Entry typeDissertation or doctoral thesis
TypePh.D Dissertation
SchoolUniversity of California, Berkeley
URLhttp://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00004761
LanguagesThulung
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   author = {Lahaussois, Aimée},
   year = {2002},
   title = {Aspects of the grammar of Thulung Rai: an endangered Himalayan language},
   type = {Ph.D Dissertation},
   school = {University of California, Berkeley},
   url = {http://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00004761},
   language = {Thulung},
   abstract = {Thulung Rai is an endangered Tibeto-Burman language of eastern Nepal, currently spoken by approximately one thousand people. It is a member of the Kiranti group in theHimalayish branch of Tibeto-Burman, along with languages characterized principally by theircomplex pronominalizing verbal inflectional systems.This dissertation provides an overview of the grammar of the Thulung language, alongwith selected texts and a glossary. The aspects of the grammar which are discussed are thosewhich are particularly relevant as far as Thulung?s heritage as a Tibeto-Burman language isconcerned. The chapters discuss the phonological system of the language; the case markingsystem; the use of discourse particles; nominalization and its etymological and semanticrelationship with relativization and genitivization; the finite verbs, with their complex agreementsystem and stem alternations; the augmentation of verbs with aspect-bearing derivationalsuffixes; clause-combining by means of converbs and sequencers.Each of these topics bears a significance to Tibeto-Burman studies as a whole, and theseare characteristic features of languages from this area. The areal context for Thulung is anotherimportant aspect of this dissertation. The endangered status of Thulung is a result of the inroadsof the Indo-Aryan national language of Nepal, Nepali. Each chapter, in addition to describingand analyzing particular grammatical topics, also discusses the equivalent constructions in Nepaliin light of whether they constitute the source for the construction in Thulung as it stands today.The contributions of this dissertation are in providing reliable and up-to-date informationon a little-known minority Tibeto-Burman language of Nepal. This is an important addition tothe field of Himalayan languages and will be useful for efforts towards reconstructing thedevelopment of Tibeto-Burman languages in the Himalayas. An important dimension of thisdissertation is that it looks at grammatical features in one language in the context of theirdistribution over the linguistic area, even across language family boundaries. In this way, the materials presented are useful as another case-study of an intense language contact situation.},
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Abstract

Thulung Rai is an endangered Tibeto-Burman language of eastern Nepal, currently spoken by approximately one thousand people. It is a member of the Kiranti group in theHimalayish branch of Tibeto-Burman, along with languages characterized principally by theircomplex pronominalizing verbal inflectional systems.This dissertation provides an overview of the grammar of the Thulung language, alongwith selected texts and a glossary. The aspects of the grammar which are discussed are thosewhich are particularly relevant as far as Thulung?s heritage as a Tibeto-Burman language isconcerned. The chapters discuss the phonological system of the language; the case markingsystem; the use of discourse particles; nominalization and its etymological and semanticrelationship with relativization and genitivization; the finite verbs, with their complex agreementsystem and stem alternations; the augmentation of verbs with aspect-bearing derivationalsuffixes; clause-combining by means of converbs and sequencers.Each of these topics bears a significance to Tibeto-Burman studies as a whole, and theseare characteristic features of languages from this area. The areal context for Thulung is anotherimportant aspect of this dissertation. The endangered status of Thulung is a result of the inroadsof the Indo-Aryan national language of Nepal, Nepali. Each chapter, in addition to describingand analyzing particular grammatical topics, also discusses the equivalent constructions in Nepaliin light of whether they constitute the source for the construction in Thulung as it stands today.The contributions of this dissertation are in providing reliable and up-to-date informationon a little-known minority Tibeto-Burman language of Nepal. This is an important addition tothe field of Himalayan languages and will be useful for efforts towards reconstructing thedevelopment of Tibeto-Burman languages in the Himalayas. An important dimension of thisdissertation is that it looks at grammatical features in one language in the context of theirdistribution over the linguistic area, even across language family boundaries. In this way, the materials presented are useful as another case-study of an intense language contact situation.
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